Mikel Arteta says that Arsenal’s players are hurting over the recent bad form and has insisted they have the desire and ability to respond after a series of disappointing results and performances.
The Gunners vice-captain was speaking to the Mirror and said the players were ‘angry’ with the way things have been going and have been working hard on the training ground to put things right.
“People are hurting, people are upset with themselves, the players are angry. I think that’s a good thing. It’s not like players couldn’t care less, they know what they need to do.
“At Arsenal you have a group of players who want to give 100 per cent and that makes things so much easier. I always see that in the dressing room. Always.
“You look at the players’ faces, the disappointment, the hurt. They want to put it right. You’ve got players here demanding and wanting to do extra training. It’s in themselves to work harder to put it right.
“We have been watching videos over and over again of games, looking at what we’ve done wrong. That comes from everyone, absolutely everyone.”
Despite the obvious problems and frustration, he is determined to look at what the team can still achieve rather than dwell on the recent ‘failures’.
“There’s still six months to go, so you have to keep believing. It’s all about how you react. If you want to show you are a big player at a big player club then you have to react. That’s what we need now.
“We go to Bradford on Tuesday – if we win that, we’re in the semi finals. We’re in the Champions League knock-out stage. We’re five points behind fourth place. That’s not far.
“First place is now very, very difficult, if I’m being honest. But there’s a lot still there for us – the FA Cup is there, the Capital One Cup, the Champions League. We have to be ready now and give our best in every game whether it’s good or bad.
“That’s the attitude you have to have if you want to be at the top clubs
And with three important points on offer tomorrow, Arteta is sure the team will respond.
“The players want to put it right. I’m expecting a big reaction. I know we will get that from the players.”
Read the full interview here.